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September 18-24, 2017

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Janet Jackson – September 21
The global music icon and influential entertainer brings her State of the World tour to Phoenix, performing fan favorites, smash hits and soon-to-be-released new works. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

U2 – September 19
The band celebrates the 30th anniversary of its classic fifth album with The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Beck is special guest. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale,, 800-745-3000.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch – September 20-October 15
Phoenix Theatre and A/C Theatre Co. team up to present this rock musical about a fictional rock ’n’ roll band fronted by a bawdy, East German, transgender singer. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, 602-254-2151.

Ballet Under the Stars – September 21-30
Ballet Arizona continues its annual season-opening tradition with this series of intimate outdoor performances of classical and contemporary ballet. 7 p.m. FREE. Sept. 21, Beardsley Park, 20011 N. 128th Ave., Sun City West; Sept. 22, Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills; Sept. 23, Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix; Sept. 28, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe; and Sept. 30, Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, 10300 S. Estrella Pkwy., Goodyear,, 602-381-0184.

Chef Robert Irvine – September 22
The award-winning chef cooks up his favorite dishes at this interactive culinary experience. Irvine is host of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and author of Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life. 8 p.m. $39-$79. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler,, 800-WIN-GILA.

The Rat Pack – September 22-24
The Phoenix Symphony whisks guests back in time to the Sands Hotel Copa Room with iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and a swingin’ big band. The concert includes such mega hits as “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Mr. Bojangles.” F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix,, 602-495-1999.

Brazilian Day – September 23
Paying tribute to 100 years of samba music and dance, this cultural festival and carnival-style party features live music, costumed dancers and performers, a samba workshop, capoeira demonstrations, hands-on activities and children’s crafts. 2-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

UMOM Walk for Homeless – September 23
The women’s auxiliary of UMOM New Day Centers hosts a 1K and 5K walk/run on zoo trails to benefit homeless families and youth in the community. Festivities begin with children’s activities, carousel rides and snacks. 6:30 a.m. $20-$35, includes zoo admission for the day. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-275-7852.

Smithsonian Museum Day Live! – September 23
Hundreds of museums nationwide open their doors to the public for free as Smithsonian magazine hosts this annual event. Visit the Smithsonian online to download the required ticket and for a list of participants, including Pueblo Grande Museum, Rosson House Museum and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Bard in a New Light – Through September 30
Southwest Shakespeare Co. presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), a fast-paced hilarious romp through the fields of Shakespeare. The play has something for everyone, and you don’t have to be a Shakespearean scholar to get it. Call for times and ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.